“For me, painting is a natural activity. I’m working with hand and eye using traditional media to create surfaces that are, like most natural things, nuanced and responsive to their environment; the space in which they are shown, the light and time of day. Although the work can accurately be described as ‘abstract’ and ‘geometric’ it is my intention that it should breathe and sing.” - Peter Seal, Artist. Peter Seal works on a number of paintings at once, different sizes ensuring variety of pace and focus. Each can take six-to-eight weeks to complete, though much of that time might not be in the physical making but in a process of assimilation - a kind of “settling time”. They are built up slowly in layers of oil paint, each allowed to dry before the next is applied. A grey, painted over vermillion, becomes warmer; a white softer when painted over yellow. This gradual accretion results often in a lapidary intensity of colour. Edges where colours abut or intersect are crucial. Some are knife-sharp, whereas others are more diffuse, allowing the subtle vibration of a seam of cobalt, violet or alizarin or of a fizzy penumbra where magenta and orange merge. Spatial harmony is achieved through tonal modulation and a fine-tuning of the scale of each component and its interrelationships.
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